Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Mitchell Mine Fuel Break 16 USFS-WUI 45412
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Mitchell Mine Fuel Break will be constructed as a linear feature approximately 300 feet wide and approximately 7.75 miles long north of the town of Pine Grove. Starting on the east end at Hwy 88 and the Aqueduct Rd intersection and running north and west to the intersection of Ridge Road and Hammericks Grade Road. This fuelbreak generally runs along the major ridge lines. The Mitchell Mine shaded Fuel Break will be constructed using a combination of treatments which may include mastification, hand thinning, chipping and pile burning. The objective of the treatment is to reduce surface and ladder furls, and to achieve canopy spacing to mitigate the threat of wildfire private property. This project entails removing small trees and brish to create a Fuel Reduction Zone or shaded Fuel Break located on both improved and unimproved residential parcels. The general project has been marked with orange and black strip flagging on the ground in some cases the flagging is only done along one side of the fuel break with the intent that the contractor will treat up to 300 feet from the flag line. Work will be done outside the required defensible space of 100 feet around homes.